Negaunee, Westwood boys earn dominant wins
GWINN – Negaunee turned up the pressure late in the first quarter to bust open a tie game on Tuesday night.
The result was a 63-34 victory for the Miners, who improved to a perfect 5-0 overall in their first Mid-Peninsula Conference game of the season. Gwinn slipped to 0-3 and 0-2.
“It was an 8-8 game with about a minute and a half left in the first quarter,” NHS coach Dan Waterman said. “That’s when we put on our press and it seemed to rattle them.
“We got about three, four or five turnovers in a row. We kept applying the pressure in the second quarter, too.”
That 8-8 tie quickly turned into a 21-8 lead by the end of the period, then 41-11 by halftime.
Negaunee senior Jay Lori led all players with 19 points and seven rebounds, while junior teammate Dre Tuominen added 15 points as 10 Miners scored.
Recent freshman call-up Austin Forbes paced the Modeltowners with 11 points, while junior Reed Wiedenhoefer grabbed six rebounds.
Negaunee also won the JV game, but no score was available.
Westwood 60, L’Anse 25
At Westwood, the Patriots used a strong second half to defeat the Purple Hornets.
Ryan Stanaway and Connor Hanlon both finished in double figures for Westwood with 15 and 12 points respectively.
Up by six points at the break, the Patriots outscored L’Anse 39-10 in the second half to earn their second win of the season.
“We came out fast early, but L’Anse chipped away at our lead,” Westwood head coach Chad Hewitt said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and played better defense. I was pleased with how we responded tonight.”
The Patriots also won the JV game 48-18. Westwood plays at Ishpeming Dec. 29.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee and Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg.